April 11, 2023
Dr. Williams weighs in on the impact lack of sleep has on your body
You may notice that getting less than six hours of sleep per night hinders your physical endurance. “Not only does quality sleep play a role in overall health and wellness, but it is also crucial to optimal performance—in athletics and life in general,” explains Vernon Williams, MD, a sports neurologist, pain management specialist, and founding director of the Center for Sports Neurology and Pain Medicine at Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles.
“Studies have shown that getting less than six hours of sleep at night is associated with decreased time to physical exhaustion, reduced aerobic output, reduced peak and sustained muscle strength, impaired metabolic capabilities, and increased injury risk,” he adds.
In fact, Williams says that sleep health and optimization of sleep efficiency may be the most effective intervention a person can make to “optimize their overall performance, whether on a sports court, in a classroom, or at work.”